J&K: Lecturer held for ‘sedition’ after making ‘anti-India’ remarks

A lecturer has been arrested for sedition after a section of students alleged that he had made anti-India comments at a college in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bani. Shah Nawaz, the lecturer from Dogripora in Kashmir’s Awantipura, has been sacked. Kathua’s Principal Sessions Judge Vinod Chatterji Koul rejected Nawaz’s bail application on Saturday saying that there were grounds to believe that he had committed the offence.

Sources said that Nawaz had made the comments on November 30 following the killing of seven soldiers in an attack on an army camp in Nagrota. Nawaz had allegedly intervened during a discussion among students and commented on gunfights between militants and armed forces.

The lecturer’s comments had angered the Hindu students, who boycotted classes and held a demonstration before filing a police complaint. The police took the lecturer into custody and registered a case against him as the situation was threatening to go out of hand. The matter was brought to the notice of Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, who ordered Nawaz’s sacking.

Sub Divisional Magistrate Ajeet Singh said that the situation was back to normal and classes had resumed. But sources said that the situation was still volatile as Nawaz’s arrest has polarised the campus.

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